The Washington Capitals made another move toward their future by inking forward Beck Malenstyn to a one year, two way contract on Thursday. Malenstyn will make $750,000 in the NHL and $90,000 in the AHL. Malenstyn missed the entire 2020-21 season after going through surgery to repair an Achilles tendon.
The 23 year old made his NHL debut with the Caps on Nov. 20, 2019 against the New York Rangers and played three games for the Caps that season. The six foot three, 200 pound forward additionally recorded 15 points with seven goals and eight assists in 46 games with the Hershey Bears.
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During the 2018-19 season, the White Rock, B.C. native recorded 16 points with seven goals and nine assists in his rookie AHL season. He was named Hershey’s IOA.American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. He has recorded 31 points in 120 games with the Bears with 14 goals and 17 assists.
Prior to joining Hershey, Malenstyn won a WHL Championship in 2018 as a member of the Swift Current Broncos. He had 11 points in 26 playoff games with four goals and seven assists. He finished his WHL career with 128 points in 238 games with Swift Current and the Calgary Hitmen with 65 goals and 63 assists.
The Caps selected Malenstyn with their 145th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft. The left winger will unlikely see NHL action next season with a full lineup unless some changes happen or the dreaded injuries hit the team.
It is unlikely the Caps could make any more moves when it comes to re-signing prospects but I could be wrong. It is only a matter of time before that Alex Ovechkin contract extension gets taken out of the drawer and announced which will probably come after the expansion draft. Ilya Samsonov needs an extension as well.
It’ll be interesting to see Malenstyn back with the Bears and maybe even in the Caps lineup someday. It’ll also be good for him after missing all of last season with that Achilles injury.